Edwin J. Van Reyper of Belleville, Essex County, N.J.

From the book
Biographical and Genealogical History of the
City Of Newark and Essex County, New Jersey
by Frederick W. Ricord 1898


a florist of Belleville, was born June 18, 1859, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is a son of John Van Horn and Margaret A. (Van Riper) Van Reyper.
The father also was a native of Jersey City, and was a successftil florist. Ed-
win J. Van Reyper attended the common schools in his early youth, and later pursued a course of study in Hasbrook Institute, of Jersey City. He learned the florist’s business with his father, continuing to act as his assistant until 1882, when he embarked in business on his own account in Jersey City. In 1886 he removed to his present location in Belleville,where he had built up an excellent trade, doing both a wholesale and retail business, dealing in all kinds of flowers. He has an extensive patronage in New York city, Jersey City, Newark, and other places, and no finer specimens of floriculture can be found upon the market then those which come from his greenhouses. He has made a close and thorough study of the business, understands fully the needs and requirements of the various kinds of plants, and the beautiful Bowers which he produces insure him a very liberal patronage.
On the 5th of November, 1885, Mr. Van Reyper was united in marriage to Miss Anna E. Joraleman, a daughter of John B. Joraleman, a member of one of the old and worthy families of Belleville. By this union have been born two children: Clarence Edwin, who died at the age of two years; and Florence Edna, who is now attending the public schools. The parents attend the Dutch Reformed church of Belleville, and Mr. Van Reyper is a member of Belleville Lodge, No. 108, F. & A. M. In his political views he is a stalwart Republican, is a member of the Republican central committee of Essex county, and is now serving his second term as a member of the board of freeholders….